August 2012

August 2012
Author: VK

More than a month ago on the Russian-Georgian border 14 people were killed in a collision between units of Georgian special forces and certain armed group (see http://www.vestikavkaza.ru/articles/Piknik-na-obochine-voyny.html?sphrase_id=48,717). The situation looked extremely confusing, and it became surrounded by rumors. It is becoming increasingly difficult to figure out what exactly happened. There is still no information on the members of the armed group, on its goals, organizers and sponsors.

The video conference Moscow-Tbilisi "Events in Lopota Gorge: a threat to stability in the region" should cover this information gap, but it became mostly a platform for accusations against the Georgian authorities. A repentant ex-president's representative "of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria" in Georgia Khizri Aldamov, an informed but committed person, tried to give an answer to the question on what actually happened on the Russian-Georgian border in late August,.

Aldamov argues that the incident on the Russian-Georgian border in late August fits into the format of Tbilisi secret games in the North Caucasus on which he spoke two months ago. Then the ex-representative of Maskhadov claimed that the Georgian authorities were trying to use the "Chechen factor" for their own purposes and taking steps to create a new composition of the "government of Ichkeria" to organize pressure on Russia and activation of terrorist groups in the North Caucasus. It is noteworthy that the members of the "government of Ichkeria" have the most direct relevance to the "Pankisi Jamaat" carrying out terrorist attacks in Russia with the financial support of the West. According to Aldamov, in Georgia there is an organization which controls all the Chechen refugees in Georgia, all the fighters. Structurally, it is subject to anti-terrorist center of the Interior Ministry. Deputy Interior Minister Gia Lordkipanidze oversees the Chechen question. "He sends people, if necessary, to commit acts of terrorism. They give money for it through the Pankisi Jamaat. There are militants in Pankisi even today. There are people who go back to Chechnya, "- Aldamov says.

According to him, after the publication of this information the Georgian president ordered to get rid of witnesses and destroy a group of Chechens and Chechen-Kists who were previously trained in anti-terrorist center at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. "The last two or three years, there was a group of Chechens preparing to penetrate the North Caucasus. I knew these guys. Intelligence services killed them because they were living witnesses, they could tell pretty much," – Aldamov says.

According to the report of the Georgian Interior Ministry, GeorgiaTimes reports, the Georgian special services eliminated two Georgians and five Russians in Kakheti raid. The Georgians, 22-year-old Aslan Margoshvili and 26-year-old Bagautdin Kavtarashvili, were residents of villages of Kakheti. Contrary to previous statements by the Georgian side, though other saboteurs were Russians, they were not from Dagestan. For example, 44-year-old Dukvakha Doshuyev, 20-year-old Salam Zaurbekov and 31-year-old Musa Aduev were natives of Chechnya. 23-year-old Gabriel Khashiyev was Ingush. One more killed, 26-year-old Kist Bagauddin Bagakashvili, was born and lived in Chechnya, but he had relatives in the Pankisi Gorge and therefore occasionally dropped in Georgia. Others, apparently, also had something to do with Georgia over Pankisi.

"These people are all shot in the head. There are no other “holes” in the body: the killers stubbornly shot them aiming at the head, they killed them sleeping”, Aldamov says. He also drew attention to some strange moments of the operation - the destruction of the group of terrorists was headed personally by the Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili, and then Saakashvili made a strange claim that the dead will be buried according to Muslim tradition. " Where have you seen bandits, terrorists buried according to Muslim religion? They knew they were not terrorists from abroad but Chechens Kists, the citizens of Georgia," – Aldamov says.

Gulbaat Rtskhiladze, political scientist representing Georgia at the conference, head of the Institute of Eurasia, opined that Georgia hides "enemies of Russia, who are involved in a very dirty business, including the Beslan tragedy." "Georgian authorities wanted to cover its tracks by killing certain people. If the Georgian leadership has close links with some anti-Russian underground, it should not aggravate the situation in all respects, as it can turn the situation against itself. I regard all Caucasian policy of Georgia as flawed; in particular, I mean the recognition of the so-called genocide of Circassians. It's all interconnected. " Rtskhiladze admitted that he did not know which traces the Georgian authorities were trying to cover up: "I do not know this exactly. There were indications in the Georgian press that the authorities supposedly wanted to send these people to Syria, but then something changed, these people did not want to go there, and they were deceived, that is, fraudulently recruited, and when they saw it, they wanted to return home and were killed".

Nana Devdariani, political analyst, the former head of the Central Election Commission of Georgia, confirmed that "a number of actions in Georgiais someone else’s mission and not the national interest. What was there in fact behind this operation? Many of us believe that Saakashvili did it to prove that he did not trample the interests of Russia and killed a group of militants who were about to enter the territory of Russia. Such a version exists. When the situation is not clear, there are a lot of versions, and it is absolutely impossible to figure out what is in fact true. There cannot be any impartial investigation, as you know".

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